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Upgrade?

Postby Okiejon on Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:32 pm

We have enjoyed the Celestron XLT 102mm for nearly a year now.(We purchased from you)

It is time to upgrade.We need more detail,more deep sky objects,and would like to see the ISS clearly.

No need for pictures,just a viewing scope.I do want a motorized one.

Ideas?
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby Okiejon on Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:47 pm

I might also add that I live in a very rural area and there is no need to move the unit for a dark area.

Maybe a Dobson would be best?

Since we enjoy the hobby I am willing to spend $2000.00 or so,BUT if there is a scope cheaper that is very close to the same viewing quality,I would opt for the cheaper of the two.
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby PhilR. on Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:52 am

I once overheard the owner of a telescope shop mention that if he were to start over with just one scope, it would be a collapseable dobsonian. For DSO's and your price range, it would be hard to beat a "light-bucket" dobson. Since you don't need a collapseable one, you could get a very nice setup within your budget, and still have enough money left over for a few very good eyepeices.

One other thing to mention is that a dobson is easy to move, which would be important for seeing the ISS as it moves across the field of view very quickly.

Whatever you do, do not - and I repeat - "do not" go to the Obsession Telescopes website.... :mrgreen:
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby Okiejon on Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:09 pm

PhilR. wrote:I once overheard the owner of a telescope shop mention that if he were to start over with just one scope, it would be a collapseable dobsonian. For DSO's and your price range, it would be hard to beat a "light-bucket" dobson. Since you don't need a collapseable one, you could get a very nice setup within your budget, and still have enough money left over for a few very good eyepeices.

One other thing to mention is that a dobson is easy to move, which would be important for seeing the ISS as it moves across the field of view very quickly.

Whatever you do, do not - and I repeat - "do not" go to the Obsession Telescopes website.... :mrgreen:



I see most 10" and up dobsonians are "advanced." Are these that hard to set up and operate?I was under the assumption they would be simpler?

I had to look at the Obsession site...WOW! Wish I had the $ for the 25" but there is no way :( again..WOW!
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby PhilR. on Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:24 pm

Okiejon wrote:I see most 10" and up dobsonians are "advanced." Are these that hard to set up and operate?I was under the assumption they would be simpler?

I had to look at the Obsession site...WOW! Wish I had the $ for the 25" but there is no way :( again..WOW!


Remember - I told you not to go to that site, so if you one day go broke, you can't blame that on me!

I'm not sure why 10" and up would be labeled "advanced", since there really isn't anything different about setting them up compared to one that is under 10". A large one points as easily as a smaller one, at least the size I've used (a friend's 12"). I wouldn't worry about a telescope being labeled as "advanced". You will be able to figure out anything in your price range.....
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby Jne_K on Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:38 pm

Correct. "Advanced" is mostly a marketing ploy. A larger Dog lets you see more objects and more detail than a smaller dob, but operation is exactly the same.
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby PhilR. on Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:41 pm

Jne_K wrote:A larger Dog lets you see more objects and more detail than a smaller dob,


So, umm... which end of the dog does one look through?
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Re: Upgrade?

Postby Jne_K on Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:49 am

The one with the eyepiece.
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